By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2017 6 Comments
    Will Sleeping Pill with Diphenhydramine Lead to …

    Do you ever forget the names of people you should remember? What about dates like birthdays or anniversaries? How about pass codes? Is it just a benign "senior moment," or something more insidious? Me…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2017 3 Comments
    Should Your Doctor Know You Are Not Sleeping?

    Are you sleeping enough, or are you missing out? Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that skimping on sleep can shorten your life. The Effects of Sleeping Less Than Six Hours Nightly: Dr. Matthew base…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 9 Comments
    Get Magnesium Just Right to Prevent Dementia

    Most people would like to find a way to prevent dementia, but the picture is complex. Lifestyle factors such as exercise, diet and sleep have all been suggested as possible paths to keeping our brains…

    By: Terry Graedon September 14, 2017 2 Comments
    Can You Dream Away Dementia?

    Any link between a dream and dementia sounds far-fetched, to be sure. Nonetheless, one possible interpretation of findings from a recent study is that people who dream more are less prone to dementia.…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Lithium in Water Supply Prevent Dementia?

    The chances are good that you are exposed to some lithium almost every day of your life. That's because this natural element is plentiful in nature. It is found in rocks and soil all over the earth. T…

    By: Terry Graedon August 10, 2017 0 Comments
    Is Highly Variable Blood Pressure a Red Flag?

    Blood pressure does not remain constant. It changes throughout the day depending upon stress, physical activity and many other factors. But could highly variable blood pressure signal a problem? What …

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 11 Comments
    Is Your Confusion Due to a Vitamin Deficiency?

    As we grow older, our mental lapses bother us more and more. Could losing the car keys be the first sign of Alzheimer's disease? Is forgetting the PIN for the ATM an early warning flag for dementia? O…

    By: Terry Graedon July 20, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Your Diet Help You Avoid Dementia?

    Most people think of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, olive oil and fish as being good for the heart. The Mediterranean diet is in the news again because of its benefits for the brain. …

    By: Joe Graedon July 20, 2017 6 Comments
    Nordic Diet vs. Dementia

    The Mediterranean diet gets all the headlines. It is supposed to be good for your heart, your brain and just about everything else that ails you. Ask almost any health professional about the healthies…

    By: Joe Graedon June 1, 2017 10 Comments
    Why You Should Care About Rising Deaths from Alz…

    Americans have been getting mixed messages about Alzheimer's disease. Two years ago, headlines proclaimed an: "optimistic trend of declining population dementia risk in high-income countries over the …

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 15 Comments
    Is a Daily Diet Soda Bad for Your Brain?

    Could drinking a daily diet soda be bad for your brain? A new study of people participating in the Framingham Heart Study found an association between downing one artificially sweetened beverage daily…

    By: Terry Graedon April 27, 2017 0 Comments
    To Think Better, Get Your Exercise!

    We are often asked about the best way to prevent dementia. Our answer disappoints some people and pleases others: Exercise appears to benefit the brain. Research published this week provides data that…

    By: Terry Graedon April 26, 2017 7 Comments
    How to Help Exercise Boost Your Brainpower-Drink…

    To get the greatest cognitive benefit from exercise, older folks may want to drink a little beet juice first. That's what investigators concluded, based on a small study of older people with high bl…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 8 Comments
    Popular Supplements Failed to Prevent Dementia

    Vitamin E and selenium do not appear to help prevent dementia. Many people may be disappointed in these results from a clinical trial of these popular supplements. But is there reason to remain hopefu…

    By: Joe Graedon March 20, 2017 12 Comments
    Was Amitriptyline a Factor in Wife’s Demen…

    Americans are justifiably concerned about Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Aging baby boomers are hitting the age where they could be vulnerable to cognitive decline. Anticholinergic …

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 12 Comments
    If You Get Dizzy When You Stand Up, You’re…

    People who experience a sudden drop in blood pressure and feel dizzy when standing may be at greater risk for dementia later in life. Doctors call this experience "orthostatic hypotension" or "postur…

    By: Terry Graedon March 16, 2017 5 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Blood Pressure and Deme…

    When scientists try to figure out who is predisposed to dementia, they often finger hypertension. There appears to be a link between midlife high blood pressure and dementia (Deckers et al, Internatio…

    By: Terry Graedon March 2, 2017 2 Comments
    Are Super Snoozers at Risk for Dementia?

    Sleep is crucial for healthy brain function. Too little sleep can make it much harder for people to think clearly the following day. People who sleep less than six hours nightly have impaired judgment…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2017 6 Comments
    Can Sweating in the Sauna Help Your Brain?

    Isn't it wonderful when an experience that delights you turns out to be good for you as well? Finnish researchers have found that sweating in a sauna, a relaxing and sociable experience for most Fin…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 22 Comments
    Can Regular Sauna Baths Protect your Brain and Y…

    Most Americans think of sauna baths as a somewhat strange Nordic tradition. Why would a bunch of people sit naked in a hot little room with heated stones? Some health clubs do provide saunas. American…

    By: Joe Graedon January 26, 2017 2 Comments
    Will High Blood Pressure Protect Older Brains fr…

    When a dog bites a man it doesn't make news. When a man bites a dog it makes headlines. They have a name for this kind of anomaly: Unsurprisingly, it is a "man-bites-dog" story. The following health s…

    By: Joe Graedon January 23, 2017 9 Comments
    Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer’s Dise…

    The descent into dementia is horrific. It can creep up gradually, robbing people of their personalities as well as their memories. Friends, family and co-workers have a hard time dealing with the forg…

    By: Joe Graedon January 12, 2017 22 Comments
    Does Prevagen Help to Improve Memory?

    UPDATE on Prevagen--10/4/17. The Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney filed a lawsuit against the maker of Prevagen in January, 2017. They charged the marketers of Prevagen with making…

    By: Terry Graedon January 5, 2017 0 Comments
    How a Mediterranean Diet Benefits Your Brain

    You don't have to live near the Mediterranean Sea to get benefit from a Mediterranean-style diet. This eating pattern that can help your heart may also boost your brain and help it maintain its size. …

    By: Joe Graedon December 26, 2016 42 Comments
    Can Surgical Anesthesia Cause Brain Fog and Conf…

    When a doctor discusses the pros and cons of elective surgery, the conversation often focuses on the desired benefits and the potential risks of the procedure itself. Rarely does the subject of surgic…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2016 2 Comments
    Could Fat from Fish Be Good for Your Brain?

    The old wives used to claim that fish is brain food. Now a group of high-powered California scientists seem to have confirmed this idea, studying a fat from fish. What Is the Relationship Between Fat …

    By: Terry Graedon December 12, 2016 9 Comments
    Could You Improve Your Memory with Cocoa Every D…

    Would you like to be able to improve your memory, or at least keep it from deteriorating? Many readers would. One wrote to tell us about a possible intervention that is inexpensive and easy: Can Cocoa…

    By: Joe Graedon November 21, 2016 8 Comments
    Did Popular PM Pain Reliever Trigger Memory Loss…

    One of the most popular sectors in the OTC pharmacy biz during the last decade has been "PM" pain relievers. Drug companies take a popular brand like Advil, Aleve, Bayer, Excedrin, Motrin, Tylenol and…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2016 6 Comments
    Did Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Help…

    Public health officials have been warning people for years that high cholesterol and high blood pressure are bad for the brain. The fear is that hypertension and elevated LDL cholesterol will lead to …

    By: Terry Graedon November 17, 2016 5 Comments
    Can You Fight Alzheimer Disease with Yogurt?

    There is new evidence of the link between the gut and the brain. A pilot study conducted in Iran found that eating probiotic-rich yogurt helped people with Alzheimer disease improve their scores on st…

    By: Terry Graedon November 14, 2016 16 Comments
    How Did Levaquin Improve Dementia Symptoms?

    About half of all nursing home residents, an estimated 5 million people or so, have dementia. They have difficulty organizing their thoughts and managing their day-to-day activities. Often, they may n…

    By: Joe Graedon November 10, 2016 3 Comments
    Save Money on Fall Special to Spice Up Your Heal…

    Do you love spices and culinary herbs as much as we do? Humans have treasured spices for thousands of years. Our ancestors used garlic, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary and nutmeg to season food.…

    By: Joe Graedon September 19, 2016 16 Comments
    Can You Reverse Memory Problems from Anticholine…

    Many people, including a lot of health professionals, are unaware how many medications have anticholinergic activity. Perhaps even more alarming are the complications from a big anticholinergic "burde…

    By: Terry Graedon September 19, 2016 3 Comments
    How to Stay Healthy with a Mediterranean Diet

    Would you like to be able to improve your health by what you put on your plate? Health professionals and patients alike may doubt that diet can be as powerful as pills. When it comes to important bene…

    By: Terry Graedon September 8, 2016 7 Comments
    Who Needs Vitamin D and Why?

    As people grow older, their ability to absorb nutrients may drop. In addition, many elderly people don't spend much time out in the sunshine. Even if they do, their skin may not make vitamin D efficie…

    By: Terry Graedon August 22, 2016 9 Comments
    Did Ginkgo Biloba Keep His Mind Sharp?

    Wouldn't you love to know how to keep your mind sharp and your memory intact even as you grow older? Most of us worry about losing our edge. One reader is convinced he has the answer. Indeed he might,…

    By: Terry Graedon August 17, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Delay Dementia with Acupuncture

    Could acupuncture delay dementia? To find out, Chinese researchers did a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing acupuncture and medical treatment for mild cognitive impairment with fo…

    By: Terry Graedon August 4, 2016 2 Comments
    How to Stay Smart with Computer Brain Training

    Many seniors hope that doing crossword or Sudoku puzzles or using brain training programs on the computer will keep their minds functioning well and prevent dementia. Using the Computer to Bolster the…

    By: Joe Graedon July 16, 2016 8 Comments
    Will Medical Marijuana Ease Pain and Prevent Dem…

    Two of our most complicated and challenging health problems are nerve pain and dementia. The drugs we have are often woefully inadequate. That's why it is so intriguing to learn that ingredients in me…

    By: Joe Graedon July 7, 2016 6 Comments
    Marijuana and Alzheimer’s Disease: Can THC…

    Chemicals in marijuana may help protect brain cells from the inflammation that often leads to Alzheimer's disease. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that marijuana smokers are forgetful an…